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Mondary car burglary suspects arrested

By awoodall

 Oakland police have arrested three people believed to be responsible for a spate of auto burglaries discovered early Monday morning. Officers Melissa Geraci, Jamin Creed, Russell Mederios and Delmar Tompkins were called out to Cleveland Avenue and Radnor Avenue on a report of a vandalism that had just occurred. There they found several vehicles with their windows smashed, police said. Officers contacted the owners of some of the victims’ vehicles and determined that several auto burglaries had occurred.
A short while later, Officers Geraci and Mederios spotted a vehicle blocking a driveway and parked the wrong way in the 600 block of Hillgirt.  Before stopping the vehicle, officers saw someone jump into the nearby bushes, police said. Officers conducted a vehicle stop and made contact with a female sitting in the driver’s seat, police said. Police said they found a man and a male juvenile male hiding in the nearby bushes. All three were detained on suspicion of auto burglary, according to police. When officers conducted a search of the suspect vehicle, they discovered items from some of the nearby auto burglaries, police said.
All three suspects were taken to the Criminal Investigation Division where they were interviewed by investigators.
Two of the suspects admitted to their involvement in the burglaries, police said. The other suspect refused to speak to investigators. The arrestees were identified as Wilber Montano, 18-years-old, Deysi Lovo, 22-years-old and a 17-year-old male, all from Oakland, according to police.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Assault Section at (510) 238-3426.

Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010
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OPD: search for suspect continues

By awoodall

Oakland Police are asking the public’s help finding a man wanted in connection to a March 6 shooting in the 2600 block of Alvingroom Court. The man, Charles Edwards, 26, should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police. There is a no bail felony warrant for attempted murder, police said.
Officer Jeff Thomason said he is a suspect in the shooting of 19-year-old Deandre Moody, of Oakland. The two argued before the shooting. He was taken Sunday morning to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition. 
Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Sergeant Gus Galindo at 238-3821.  Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010
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Police patrolling West Oakland BART tonight

By awoodall

BART and OPD officers will be out in force  on foot tonight at the West Oakland station and an OPD van will be taking riders to the perimeter of parking lots.  I don’t know why that lot in particular but stay safe no matter what station you’re at.

 

We have done some media outreach and there has already been some
interest from the media!  Just another positive thing OPD is doing in the
community!       

 

Note: This program has been approved by Captain Toribio. (Area 1)

Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2009
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More police news

By awoodall

I just finished an update to the Thursday night shooting, which turned out to be a lot more complicated than it sounded last night. That always happens to me: whenever I expect a shooting or otherwise fatality to be routine (excuse the expression) the story turns out to be more involved. That is because what sounds like breaking news often fizzles out. A car hanging from a bridge turns out to be a fender-bender. A body floating in Lake Merritt turns out to be a sandbag. I have learned to take a few extra minutes but in some cases the mantra is “you never know until you get there.” The biggest surprise last night was not the complicated shooting story but Oakland police. The new chief actually asked reporters if we needed a comment right away instead of waiting for the spokesman to arrive in half an hour or longer. And the officers were friendly. They escorted residents as best they could back into the building (the woman with seven or eight kids) or brought out children to frantic family.  They at least listened to people asking to get in. I have heard them more than once do little more than grunt at people locked out at night in the cold from their homes because of a homicide. The neighbors weren’t nearly as combattative, either. I haven’t had time to ask anyone about it yet. Could be a fluke. But I hope not.

Posted on Friday, December 4th, 2009
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My Thursday night

By awoodall

For anyone watching “Community” tonight you would have seen Chevy Chase grooving to remixes of hits by hometown band, Fans of Jimmy Century: “Hot Sahara (Lenny B Remix)” and “Dirty Little Love Train.” I did not get to see the episode or any other although I have been wanting to for months. Instead, tonight I was freezing on the street with other reporters as well as neighbors locked out of their homes at 64th and Bancroft after a shooting that killed one man and injured another. I don’t mind being out there but I was sorry to have missed the blogger party tonight, the first Thursday open house at the Gilman (writing a story about) and the opening of ProArts Gallery’s new show. I stopped by this afternoon to get my mind off the fact that my interviews of people on the street for another story were going exactly nowhere. Really liked the work on the walls. More about that later. I’m really tired.

Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
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Cuts to Police Force Test a Safer Oakland

By awoodall

Wall Street Journal: Police layoffs have been particularly prevalent recently in California, which has the second-largest number of local police at about 40000 officers…http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124726994463725775.html.

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009
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Real Life in Oakland, Part 1

By awoodall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVhz4pstyGE
I don’t think the video reps everyone’s experience “living in Oakland.” But I think it’s good for people to share their life and thoughts with those who don’t share the reality, so I’m putting it up here. The video references the OPD-Mixon shootings, which provoked long-simmering complaints and opinions that were never resolved.  So be prepared.

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009
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